Theo, you have a very unique style. How would you best describe it?
I have developed a personal style that I consider to be a significant detour from classic landscape pictures. I wanted to create my own shooting style and give a very personal feel on the final result, not because I have to but because I need to. My landscape images belong to what you would call ‘fine art photography’, in a sense that they are all adapted to what I see with my mind and not with my eyes per se. My images are mostly moody, atmospheric, sometimes ominous or even melancholic in feel.
The human factor is intentionally missing from my pictures as I believe that once you put a person in a picture, that person becomes dominant and the ones that see the picture are just observers, not participants. Well, I intend to invert this state and turn the observer to a living part of the picture, to put them in the frame and let them live the moment. I also give carefully selected titles to my pictures, those that clearly emit what I want to express through a picture.
How have you honed that style over time?
One of the things I have learned is to be patient and wait for the right moment. Sometimes I have to wait for the correct season to get the image I want. I have also learned to ‘read’ the available light, to pay attention to exposure technicalities, to use various ...